December 13, 2012
Rip Shit Kermie!
This is one of those shows that had many highs coupled with a few pretty big disappointments, because those highs were in fact, so high. Kermit prevails during this evening’s performance and everyone is playing with enthusiasm. Phil really stood out in a few spots, and rock star Bobby was in full effect mode. The crowd was completely into it and they sounded very dosed imo – i.e. the weird clapping patterns, hanging on every word – you guys know what I mean. . I listened to the 24-bit AUD and I am glad I did. It was really great to hear all of the various reactions.
Kermit kicks things off with a rip shit Bertha that really grabs the crowd and gives them a good shake. The crowd goes nuts at the end of every chorus and the vibe is stellar this evening. Immediately my jealousy comes up because it sounds like so much damn fun in there. Jerry does some nice soloing and they finish this little barnburner with a bang – Nice job boys, and wound beautifully. They follow it right up with a rousing GSET that had me smiling. Talk about Rock Star Bobby, maaan every chick in the joint had to be just falling all over themselves for that…Bobby sounds so great, I mean outstanding this evening. Not the hugest fan of GSET, but this one is fantastic. Brents chorus really seemed to fire everyone up and take it to 11. F’n great job boys. Dupree’s comes right outta no where, and at this point I am thinking this show is really, really good. I love Dupree’s and this one does not disappoint. Great storytelling and wonderfully mellow envelope soloing by Jer makes this version a thing of beauty. Bang up job boys, really sweet. OK, so next up is CCRider and this is where we start losing steam. This is the first part of the show where they back off, and I think this song never does justice to ANY first set I have ever heard. I suppose it is done as well as it could be, but the basic blues progression under Bobby’s control falls flat. We follow that up with Althea, and it was done well. It really did not grab me at any one point, but still pretty well done. On the heels off CC made it kinda ehh for me…..We follow that up with Brother Esau and I just am not a huge fan of this one…It is pretty well done, but I don’t really think it adds anything to the show. Maybe Im being a little rough on this tune, but I think it pretty lame. Candyman comes next and literally lifts everyone back up. You can literally hear it on the aud. Brent’s accompaniment on the harmony makes this one a winner. Good job Kermie, that’s just what we needed here. Crowd loving it! Nice..OK, next up is perhaps one of the bigger disappointments of the show, LIG, because the first eight minutes are soo damn good. I was getting more and more amped as this one went on. Jerry does some really hot shit and this one just keeps building and building and its damn near perfect right up to the point where the slow it down, right before the big wind up and finish. One problem though, the wind up and finish are missing. Instead of a monster outro, we get an abbreviated wind up that left me sorta in disbelief. How could something that beautiful just sorta peter out like that?? Jerry teases like he is gonna take it to the moon again, and then just quits on it. Criminal. Still a great one, but it really left me thinking WTF Jerry – would it have killed ya to give 3 more minutes of rip shit buddy? Alright, so first set done and it was a mixed bag for sure. I dug it, I really did even though the middle of the set was a little blah and LIG just left me hangin’. I think its so important to really slam the door on the way out of the first set, and they did not do that here.
Second set kicks off with Aiko, and everyone loves this tune..Kermie is sounding a little froggy though during a few of the verses, maybe a few fat drips were interfering with the old vocal chords. Alright, so now we get to the meat and potatoes, which is in the form of Estimated > UJB > China Doll > Drums > Space > Dew > Throwin’ > Lovelight. Estimated starts a little quick for me, and almost sounds a little disjointed in spots. By the second time around however they are really bringing it together and its startin to sound pretty sweet. By the time Bobby is done howlin’ and they start funking into that jam out I am hooked. Those few funky minutes that lead right into UJB are very, very cool. Slinky and almost spacey jam, right into a heartfelt UJB. I liked UJB and China just left me a little flat. It was good, but not great. Jerrys soloing was key however, and those licks were piercing. The thing that killed me though, was Jerry’s Playin tease! Criminal offense right there(for the second time this evening). Even a small Playin’ jam or reprise right there would have been wonderfully placed. Instead, they just quit and go D>S. Dew outta space was a thing of beauty, really. It rivals Hershey as my favorite of ’85. The crowd was just crushed by this monster Dew. Really great stuff. Next part of the jam was the throwin’>Lovelight which was good but not as good as the earlier aforementioned Estimated>UJB. We wind it up with a wonderful Baby Blue and we are home again. What a show…
Thoughts on the show as a whole…Its been a few days since I wrote my review and a few things stand out. First, the amazing start. The Bertha, GSET, Dupree triple threat was right up my alley…Loved that shit. Then, at the end of the first set quitting on that LIG. It was one of the best I ever heard, right up to the point where Jerry quit on it. Estimated and UJB with both of their jams out were beautiful. The Dew was zen-like and baby Blue brought it all together. The Playin’ tease pissed me off before Drums, but what are you gonna do? I am recommending this show and I give it an B+. Change a few things and this would be an all timer. Realistically though, how many times could you say that? A bunch I am guessing. Still a wonderful show that rates all of the positive reviews it gets. I tend to be harsher on these early to mid eighties shows, but I can find no serious faults in this one. They were more like annoyances. Great performance coupled with incredible enthusiasm from the crowd. Im quite sure this show blew a few minds this particular evening.